Sunday, May 15, 2011

Newest Members of the Bird Menagerie

There had been several oriole sightings this Spring so Bobby put out oranges on the feeders to attract them to hang around. His friend Steve told him that orioles really like grape jelly, so this morning he added grape jelly to the oranges. Mr. and Mrs. Oriole seem very pleased with the addition! I had tried several times throughout the day to get a picture of them but they are easily startled when I approach the window with the camera. Finally when Bobby gave me the signal that the male was eating I just leaned forward in my chair and captured these pictures. I love that the orioles are as bright as the oranges they eat, even the female is brighter than most of the other bird feeder visitors!

The hummingbirds are back in town too and have been frequenting the sugar water feeder that Bobby put out. On Friday there was one that spent a lot of time at the feeder and sitting on the edge of the raised flower pot next to the feeder, we are really hoping that they build a nest in the flowers. Bobby did a bit of internet resarch and found out that hummingbird nests are the size of ping pong balls, their eggs are the size of a small jelly bean and three baby hummingbirds weigh less than a dime! We're keeping our fingers crossed that they pick the flower pot for their new home!

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